MacRumors-esque PC/Windows Forum? [merged]

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by barr08, May 5, 2009.

  1. barr08 macrumors 65816

    barr08

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    All,

    I have participated in a number of forums over the years, and never have I found one that is more mature, helpful, and broad than this one. I have resolved countless technology issues thanks to the help of this forum and it's members, and I have tried to pitch in where I could as well.

    However, computer needs change, and I recently switched my primary computer over to a Dell Studio XPS running Windows XP x64. I am pleased with the rig, but of course, there are issues. I need a place to discuss, debate, and solve problems that arise while using my PC - the "Windows on a Mac" forum has been helpful, but will not be able to serve as the source of information that I need.

    To that end, I am wondering if anyone knows of a forum that you could call this forum's PC equivalent. I am looking for the same kind of semi-casual but helpful and mature atmosphere I get here, but with a Windows OS and non-Apple hardware focus. If anyone has any good experiences with a site like this, could you please share?

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    You could try Arstechnica.com, it may be a little techie though.
     
  3. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    The nearest thing I have ever come across to a windows version of macrumors is www.majorgeeks.com
    I used to use their support forum a lot before I switched over to Mac and found it relatively helpful. (Not as good as MR though, :p )
     
  4. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    These look like a great start. Thanks!

    This looks great for the really technical things. Thanks!
     
  5. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    There are lots of PC users/enthusiasts on MR as well. Eidorian especially. MR owns! :p
     
  6. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've had a lot of good experience here as far as solving some of my PC issues. The problem is that the "Windows on a Mac" forum is just that - a forum to discuss boot camp, parallels, etc. As members point out in just about every thread I create in that forum, questions about Windows on a Dell computer are out of place. I am just trying to keep everything here the way it is (if it ain't broke, don't fix it!).

    That being said, most of the PC forums I have been looking at (from this thread and elsewhere) have a small forum dedicated to Mac stuff. Perhaps we could use this logic here and create a legitimate PC board?
     
  7. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    That's actually a very good idea!
     
  8. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I've used PC Pit Stop a lot in the past:

    http://forums.pcpitstop.com/

    The people on the malware forum are a fantastic help :D

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  9. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    "actually"? You sound suprised :p
     
  10. Fake Hipster macrumors member

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    See, in how many PC forums could you ask the same question and get such helpful answers?

    (that was 90% not serious)
     
  11. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    I personally think this is a good idea too. There are often new threads started about PC products and plenty of users here own PCs and have experience with them, and we already have a Windows dedicated section.

    Maybe we could have one dedicated to non-Mac computers and operating systems, since we also get Linux questions too.
     
  12. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting idea. An "other OS" forum for Linux, Windows etc. It could open up a can of worms if it were to become super popular as the PC market is much bigger than mac as we all know. Still couldn't hurt to have a separate section for non mac OSs.
     
  13. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    www.computerforum.com

    This site had the most helpful people I found, quick responses, great grammer and very experienced members (just like MR :D)
     
  14. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Nothing wrong with using Windows computers. I sold my MBP and black MB last summer and bought two HP laptops instead. Been using them ever since. Sometimes I wish they had a forum for such here. The one here is about running Windows on a Mac.

    Oh by the way, a Mac is a PC.
     
  15. barr08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Argh it really annoys me when people say this. The mac is a personal computer, yes, but 9 times out of 10, when someone uses the term "PC", you know exactly what they are referring to.

    You aren't invited to the new forum.
     
  16. davbeck macrumors regular

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    Windows Forum

    This may sound odd, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a forum as good as mac rumors but for windows?
     
  17. ethical macrumors 68000

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    I've wondered the same thing in the past and have never come across anything as good as mac rumours.
     
  18. AngryApple macrumors 6502

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    hppt://pcworld.com/ is an excellent website for PC-related stuff. They also have a forum here. They seem to have a fairly nice community at the forum.
     
  19. toolbox macrumors 68020

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  20. davbeck macrumors regular

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    geeks.pirillo.com provides great support for Man, Windows and Linux.
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, technically its right but in reality its not. Besides, calling a Mac a PC is just wrong on so many levels.;)
     
  22. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    pcrumors.com Is definitely the closest it will ever come...
     

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